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U.S. special forces soldiers talk to each other before they leave their base in Helmand, Afghanistan September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani - RTS5LO2

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. special operations troops have been stationed at two outposts in Libya since late last year to try to enlist local support for a possible offensive against Islamic State, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing U.S. officials.

Two teams totalling fewer than 25 troops are operating from around the cities of Misurata and Benghazi to seek potential allies and glean intelligence on threats, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, the newspaper reported.

(Reporting by Eric Walsh; Editing by Eric Beech)

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